GuilFest is an independently run, family festival with a very friendly atmosphere, held in the beautiful surroundings of Stoke Park, Guildford over the weekend of the 15th, 16th and 17th July 2011. Visitors can expect a weekend of live musical entertainment coupled with comedy, children's entertainment, theatre, art/craft exhibitions, and caterers from around the world providing a variety of meals in a truly festive atmosphere.
Started in 1992 by Tony Scott, who still runs and directs the festival, the first festival attracted 1,500 people per day. Now in its 20th year, GuilFest is attracting up to 20,000 visitors each day and has truly established itself as one of the UK's leading festivals, winning the prestigious 'Best Family Festival Award' at the UK Festival Awards in 2006.
This year the festival will host 150 foot beer tents serving their own GuilFest bitter, Calypso cocktail bar, Comedy Zone, Theatre tent, 70s Disco, Dance tent, extensive KidZone and much much more, GuilFest caters for young and old alike - for local visitors or families wanting to just come for the day, or for the whole weekend for a 3 day mini holiday. Guildford's outdoor swimming Lido and Spectrum Leisure Centre on either side of the festival grounds offer easy breaks from the main festival site with a refreshing swim, as well as a showering opportunity for the campers.
The KidZone will be showcasing favourite TV characters, theatre productions of famous tales, hilarious clowns, fire shows, amazing acrobats, circus skills and finally, art and music workshops which culminate in the fancy dress parade on Sunday. There will be several music stages - The GuilFest Main Stage, The Good Time Guide Stage, The Rock Cave, The Dance Tent, Live Club Stages, The Acoustic Stage, The Comedy Tent and The Theatre Tent. The main headlining artists and bands for this year's festival are James Blunt, Razorlight, Gallows, N-DUBZ, Peter Andre and Adam Ant.
If you are worried about where you will sleep at night, well here's the answer. There is a special area designated for camping. Campers can make use of the nearby Guildford Spectrum to swim, shower and freshen up for the day (a small entrance fee is required). There is a separate campsite for all visitors wishing to bring a campervan. Campervan tickets must be purchased separately and all occupants must each purchase a Weekend with Camping ticket. If your pocket is very itchy then you could get a Tipis. They are very expensive so get them only if you can afford them.
The price to the GuilFest varies. For the whole 3 days with camping inclusive costs £120, without camping £110. Just for a day ticket costs from £40, depending on which day. For all the price list press here.